Showing posts from October, 2008

GFCF Sloppy John Joes Burgers

Gotta love that name. That's what my oldest daughter calls Sloppy Joes. And, she calls it a burger because that's how I make it for her. I tried the real Sloppy Joe recipe for them, thinking it'd be an easy and economical meal that they'd enjoy. But, no dice. They can't deal with the loose meat and then they didn't like the GF buns that I made for them and then they didn't like just having a pile of loose meat on their plates. So, I gave up on that for a while. But, now, I've simply revised the recipe by merging burgers and joes. It's the taste, just in a burger.

So, either use your own Joe recipe or try this simple one.

1 lb ground beef
1 good squirt of ketchup -- probably about 1/4 cup.
1/2 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (Lea and Perkins)
1 dash of ground red pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Now, combine everything together and make about 4-5 burger patties. Bake on 350 for about 20 mins. Serve as you would a regular burger.

Allergy book for kids

As if there aren't enough challenges finding and making foods for your children on a gluten-free, casein-free diet. Toss in a few added food allergies or intolerances and life can be difficult, at the least.

And then, there's trying to explain to your child why he or she cannot eat the same foods that most of the other kids enjoy. Pizza. Ice cream. Grilled cheese. Oreos. Etc.

I'm trying to explain this to my young daughters now. Through a friend, I've found a great book that helps young children understand and accept the food issues they face.

It's called "One of the Gang" and it's authored by Gina Clowes. You can find this on Amazon by clicking here.

If you're having difficulty explaining this to your kids or find they are having a difficult time accepting their issues, this book might help.

GFCF pumpernickel bread

For some reason, my kids don't like light-colored bread. They'll go for dark-colored breads every time. There's a GFCF bread on the market that's made from a red rice that they like, but it has yeast in it and my youngest can't tolerate yeast very well. So, I set out to make my own yeast-free GFCF pumpernickel bread. I did it. Here's the recipe. This makes two loaves. I froze one and I'm using the other. I'm gonna tinker with this recipe more, so I'll update the blog if I can improve it.

2 flax eggs ( see my recipe)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup GF molasses
1.5 cups water
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
2 cups corn starch
1/2 cup tapioca flour/starch
1/4 cup corn meal
1.5 cups sorghum flour
1/2 cup flax seed meal (ground flax)
1/4 cup cocoa or carob powder
4 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Get out two larger mixing bowls.
Make the flax eggs in the microwave and let those sit for 5 mins.